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We normally meeting on the third Sunday of each month. Please see more information here.
We invite you to practice with us, in Thich Nhat Hand's tradition in at the virtual global
sangha practice at MindfulnessAnywhere.com.

What Is The Blooming Desert Lotus Sangha? Thich Nhat Hanh
Offered by Gary Elgin - Courageous Direction of the Heart

A Sangha is simply a group of people. This community may consist of people of any gender, color, ethnic background, sexual orientation or age. They can literally be from any walk of life. They can number from two people, to many hundred or thousands. The one common bond is the commitment to practice mindfulness. The lotus is a sacred flower to many people. The white lotus is symbolic of bodhi or Buddha-nature, purity and perfection. It's eight petals correspond to the wonderful Eightfold Path. A desert is a place of dryness and heat. The lotus blooms in water ponds, growing out of the mud. The blooming of such a sacred flower, (that only grows in extremely fertile surroundings) in the middle of a dry, hot desert can be looked upon as a very beautiful occurrence.

This Sangha has been formed in order to offer those who wish, the opportunity to learn to live in mindfulness. We will use the teachings of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, poet, peace activist, teacher and author of over 100 books, DVD's and CD's including The Miracle of Mindfulness and Peace Is Every Step. He is the second most influential monk in the world next to the Dalai Lama.

We meet the third Sunday of every month. We practice both sitting and walking meditation. We learn the Five Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing and discuss how they relate to us. We learn to use gathas or mindfulness verses (as described in the books Present Moment, Wonderful Moment and Stepping Into Freedom), to assist us in preserving our mindfulness throughout our daily lives.

We have a lesson or Dharma Talk by one of our members or a guest speaker each week, as well as a Dharma Discussion, during which time mindful listening and loving speech will be practiced.

Each member will be asked to take an active role within the Sangha. This includes planning and facilitating weekly lessons and activities. Each petal of the lotus is essential to the growth, beauty and the stability of the flower. Each member of our Sangha is just as important.


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